TESTIMONIALS

After being diagnosed with a herniated disc in my back I wanted to try every thing to avoid surgery. A friend suggested I see Dr. Thiry. His treatment worked. Now any time my back flairs up I go see the doc and I’m good again.

--Ellis B.

 

Dr. Thiry told my back problem was a herniated disc and that he could help. I was skeptical and decided to try physical therapy. Not only did they not help they made it worse. I went back to Dr. Thiry and sure enough he was able to help me. I should have never left.

--Steve B.

 

After my surgery for a herniated disc I continued to have problems. I saw Dr. Thiry and he was able to help me, even after I had surgery.

--Gail S.

Personal Care Chiropractic Clinic Treatment Services: Disc Injuries

Disc injuries are a very common injury to the spine. The disc is the soft tissue which sits between the vertebrae in the spine. The disc acts as a cushion or shock absorber as the spine is loaded, and also acts a spacer between the vertebrae creating more space for the nerves to exit the spine. As the spine is loaded (as when lifting something) the spine is compressed. During this compression of the spine the soft center area of the disc spreads out, as if applying pressure to a water balloon. As the pressure is removed the soft center returns to its position in the center of the disc . The two main conditions related to the disc include bulging or herniated discs and degenerative disc disease.

Dr. Thiry has extensive knowledge and experience treating these conditions. Our office offers two types of traction to help alleviate the nerve pressure which accompanies these conditions. Most patients experience pain and symptom relief with out medication or surgery.

 

1. BULGING/HERNIATED DISC- is a condition where the soft inner portion of a disc bulges out the side or rear of the disc. When the disc becomes damaged or weak, the soft center can push to the outer edges of the disc creating a bulge that does not return to the center as in a normal healthy disc. In the more severe cases the disc may rupture resulting in small pieces of disc breaking free. The most common cause of disc herniation is the result of trauma or improper lifting, but may also occur in a spine with degenerative arthritis which results in weakened discs.

Symptoms- Include pain, stiffness, restricted movement, pain into the arms or legs, numbness/tingling in the arms or legs, and weakness in the arms or legs. Other symptoms may include digestive problems, bowel or bladder dysfunction as well as other internal complications. These symptoms may be constant, or the may be present with certain movement or positions. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the arms or legs, but rarely consume the whole arm or leg at once.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged disc. In some case x-rays and MRI may be ordered to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the disc injury may be treated with chiropractic, Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. Treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the damage is to severe and the patient may be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

2. DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE- Is a condition that occurs in individuals as young as twenty years old. This disc condition typically becomes more evident as the patient ages, and in patients that have had an injury to the neck or back. As this degeneration progresses, the disc will become thinner and weaker. As the degenerative process continues the disc becomes at risk of herniation. In the final stage of this degenerative process the vertebrae involved may even fuse together.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged disc. In some case x-rays and MRI may be indicated to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the disc can be helped with chiropractic treatment Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic treatment, traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the damage is to severe and the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.